Alexander Lane

Welcome to the home of Blood River, blog posts and other stories by Alexander Lane.

Blood River, a horror novella, is now available on Amazon, in ebook and paperback

Blood River cover art by Alexander Lane & Sharon Bruton

In Machina

Mecs: Strong. Loyal. Smart enough to do the jobs you hate.

Mecsy Inc promotional slogan, 2120.

In Machina is an epic space opera series with big themes and sassy AIs, for readers of James S A Corey’s The Expanse sequence, Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch trilogy and Martha Wells’s Murderbot Diaries.

The Awakening of William 47 is the first In Machina novel, a story that throws together rogue mec 47 and trouble-dogged human Aisha in a whirlwind escape from Saturn’s moons.

The Flight of the Srama continues 47 and Aisha’s struggles to find freedom and identity in a universe that’s doing its best to silence them.

The choices 47 and Aisha make will decide the fates of humans, mecs and the strange creatures which inhabit the cold depths of the outer planets.

Image credit: Judy Schmidt


  • Book vs film: The Colour Out Of Space by HP Lovecraft

    Book vs film: The Colour Out Of Space by HP Lovecraft

    The Book Corner season 5: Book vs film. Episode 7: The Colour Out Of Space by HP Lovecraft. Hold on to your sanity for 1927’s The Colour Out Of Space by HP Lovecraft, and its 2019 adaptation starring Nicolas Cage. The Book Corner The Book Corner is a regular break from critiquing for the writing…


  • Book vs film: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

    Book vs film: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

    The Book Corner season 5: Book vs film. Episode 6: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Alice Sebold’s 2002 debut novel delivered a bold and uplifting take on a brutal child murder story. In 2009, The Lovely Bones became a film by Peter Jackson, but neither the critics nor the box office warmed to his…


  • Secrets of the Book Corner

    Secrets of the Book Corner

    Most book reviewers do it to share their opinions. As a writer, I want to discover what I think about the craft so that I can improve. That’s where the Book Corner comes in. Book reviewers usually cover new releases and classics (because the algorithms love a classic). My selections are governed by the whims…


  • Pets in spaaaaace

    Pets in spaaaaace

    Animals in space don’t have a happy history, but more than half of humans share their lives with an animal companion. Space pets will be a thing, even if they’re rarely found in science fiction. Laika and her doomed Soviet space dog chums, the NASA chimps, and the countless small animals sent to experience things…


  • The Taste of Space 5: Extraterrestrial Meal Times

    The Taste of Space 5: Extraterrestrial Meal Times

    The zero-g fryer is bubbling, the smell of fresh bread fills your spacecraft and a bell chimes the shift change. The crew gathers in the ship’s mess. We’ve gone from growing food and making meat to off-Earth cooking, so what will meal times look like in space? The first question is when to eat. In…


  • The Taste of Space 4: Cosmic Cooking

    The Taste of Space 4: Cosmic Cooking

    The gravity’s turned down low, the larder is packed with space-grown veggies, cultured meat and artificial protein: it’s time to get cooking in space. Astro-chefs have to improvise hard right now, but there are tools on the way which will revolutionise the way space travellers feed themselves. I fell into a research vortex when I…


  • Six ways to prep for Nanowrimo 2023

    Six ways to prep for Nanowrimo 2023

    With only three weeks left until Nanowrimo 2023 kicks off, there’s still time to prepare your story so you can hit the keyboard hard on November 1st. More importantly, a little prep will give you something to fall back on when the words run dry on November 21st. I won’t be on board the Nano…


  • Plottr: simple visual story planning, part 2

    Plottr: simple visual story planning, part 2

    Plottr is my latest bid to find a story outlining tool that will tame my excesses as a discovery writer and help me to work faster. I’ve looked at how I hoped to use it with three different projects, now it’s time for a deep dive into the experience. Navigating the Plottr interface When you…


  • Plottr: simple visual story planning, part 1

    Plottr: simple visual story planning, part 1

    I’ve been away for a while [DRUM ROLL] writing a new novel in my Nightmare Vacations series. It’s also been an opportunity to test drive Plottr, a visual tool for story planning. For a lazy pantser like me, outlining can be a chore that gets in the way of turning that great new idea into…



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